SUSTRANS 7 is part of the National Cycle Network and runs through our park – how great is that!!
Even better (for those less adventurous cyclists) our bit’s flat!
Route 7 runs from Sunderland to Glasgow via some of the most beautiful scenery – that those in cars just zip by without noticing.
If you follow the blogs you’ll know that Sustrans is not noted for the ease of use of its maps – unless you’re in Wales – so we’ve included here a brief summary and an amateur map!
This route follows the Coast to Coast (C2C) cycle route for much of its length before the C2C departs to Whitehaven and NCN7 continues to Carlisle.
The route runs from Carlisle in England to Dumfries in Scotland. See here for our map of this area.
This section takes a long way round at present – but may change following the extension of the M6 and the us of the old road as an “all-purpose route”.
Once in Scotland, the route then heads west to Annan, along the shore road at Powfoot, out to Glencaple and onto Dumfries.
From there route 7 runs to Newton Stewart where it splits into alternative on and off-road paths to run north through hilly country to meet the coast again at Ayr.
After meeting the NCR73 near Kilwinning, the Sustrans 7 follows back roads and an old railway, joins the NCR 75 west of Paisley, and then runs together into Glasgow, splitting again outside the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre.
But if you’re a little less adventurous (or fit . . .) then there are also some great shorter routes in and around this area on quiet back roads – ask us for details.